Mexican Fish-Stuffed Peppers

Yield 6 Servings
Skill Level Intermediate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill a baking dish with 1 cup water.
  2. Combine chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1⁄2 of the spice rub over both sides of the tilapia and rub it into the fish. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook tilapia for 3-5 minutes on each side, until fish is tender and flaky. Remove fish from heat and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Over low heat, add beans, tomatoes, rice, Pepper Jack cheese, and sour cream to the saucepan. Sprinkle with remaining spice mix and toss to coat. Add fish back to the pan and toss to combine. Remove from heat.
  5. Place bell peppers tightly into baking dish. Spoon tilapia mixture into the peppers right up to the top. Place baking dish in oven at 350 degrees F and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle Cojita cheese on top of peppers.

Created by Kara Lyndon, RD, LDN, RYT, Blogger at The Foodie Dietitian


*Optional substitution: substitute 1 lb ground turkey for tilapia and cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until meat is browned and cooked through.


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